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South Side Bulletin (Newspaper) - February 4, 1970, Chatham, Illinois The Rayner Star Rises in The First WITH GKOCND-HOG Day already past, and a campaign-fund letter in my hand from my good friend Senator Charley Chew, I know now without a doubt, that a March Primary cannot be far behind. Not that there aren't other signs equally as visible. FOR ANYONE who questions whether this Pri- mary has any interest and enthusiasm, then I suggest that that person visit the hustling, bus- tling campaign headquarters of First Congressional District candidate A. A. Rayner, Jr., at 7135 South Chicago Avenue. There you will meet some of your best friends, some of your worst enemies, some celebri- ties, some gang-leaders, some students of politics, some civil rights workers, some ministers, some black nationalists, some white liberals; and just such a collection of people that you would never even imagine under one roof and certainly not under one political banner. But brothers and sisters, that's what's happening for Sammy Rayner! You simply have to see it to believe it... I HAVE SEEN a lot of campaign offices and campaigns both as a reporter and observer of the political scene and I have watched a lot of candi- dates and managers attempt to put campaigns together, but I have never witnessed the fervor and 'soul togetherness' that is being genuinely generated in Rayner's third quest for Congress. Is it contagious? You bet it is! AS LATE as eight weeks ago, Rayner's cam- paign, though officially announced, was moving about as fast as school integration. Even Rayner appeared somewhat politically letharthic and ex- uded about as much confidence as a white politi- cian at the Saturday morning Breakbasket meet- ing. Political-minded folks, supposedly in the know, were nodding sagely and talking about some kind of 'massive voter registration over in the Third, where we can really do our thing.' Somewhere along the way that idea oped out also. Now, all of a sudden, Rayner's campaign has literally 'Right On-Ed' into a trajectory which could land him right on the steps of the United States Congress, and the same people who had Pontius Pilated him are now licking his ideas like horse-flys, but even more important, many of them have joined the Rayner bandwagon. IT IS DIFFICULT to objectively analyze a pol- itical cult and yet I can think of no other analogy than a cult to describe this fermenting revolt in the First. The first thought that comes to mind is the fact that the movement itself, which has real- ly extended its fingers into every aspect of black community life, could be the factor. Rayner's consistent, non-swerving dedication to the politics of people, could be a factor. Or Phil Smith, who stands along-side the best in campaign manag- ers, could be a factor...Or, maybe all of these things could be the difference. PERSONALLY, I see Rayner as representing the epitome of a modern black David pitting a decade of Independent political acumen against a might white organization which has survived war, famine, assault after assault; and still runs strong. I think many people are of the same opinion. I think people as people, who voices are usually heard or un-heard in the privacy of home, barbershops or at the water fountains; are appreciative of watching and hearing a solitary voice like Rayner's say some of the things which they secretly would love to say publically, but are never afforded the opportunity. I THINK that Rayner, with all of his apparent naivete, has over a period of years convinced many people that perhaps this simple, open, di- rect approach is the way to a different and better form of government for black people. His long- cried plea for peace in Viet Nam; his sometimes over-compensating attitude toward youthful of- fenders; his original involvement in the drafting of an Independent political philosophy, which in- cidentally gave voice to many of today's so- called Independent candidates; have all ap- peared to have jelled at one time. 1970! It could be that Rayner's Independent charisma is Right On Time. RAYNER'S spectacular campaign growth is the First Congressional is in stark realistic con- trast to the earlier soap-box derby that apparent- ly has already come untracked in the Third Con- gressional District. Whereas the Rayner influ- ence is attracting people from all corners of the District in growing numbers, the professional pol- iticians are already wagering as to the size of the Independent loss in the Third. What is the differ- ence between the two districts? IN THE FIRST there is a peoples candidate; in the Third, there is a self-appointed independent, political hack who has existed so long in the political shallows that he has long ago anphro- phied into nothingness. Even with a million dol- lars worth of free publicity from Rev. Jackson and Operation Breadbasket, Savage's campaign in the Third is still 5 and 10 cents operation. Contract Buyers Defy Eviction In Chatham CHATHAM PARK MANOR CHESTERFIELD Rayner Lends Voice, Hand In Move-back In ByHLRLEYGRKEMII CHICAGO'S PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITY WEEKLY HI' Per Copy Delivered To Door 10' Monthlx 12th YEAR NO. 12 at 721 WMt St., STewwt 3-1040 WhD., FtB. 4. 1970 WITH A COMPLETE and unified show of force, con- cerned Chatham residents and members of the Contract Buyers League defied McGovern Joins Jesse In War To End Hunger Too Much Dependence For Robber A YOUNG man made a rather hasty withdrawal from Independence Bank, 7936 Cottage Grove, late last week; unfortunately for him, it was also illegal. Ernest D. Miller, 26, of 7535 Carpenter; was charged with robbing Independence Bank of an estimated last Friday morning, January 30. Miller, a steel plant laborer, along with the money was captured almost immediately after the robbery by police who tracked his footprints in new-fallen snow outside the building. ACCORDING to police reports, Independence Bank teller Carolyn Hampton was handed a note from Miller ordering her to "Give me the money and live or ring the bell and die." Independence Bank president George DeVries told the BULLETIN that it took' police only "about three minutes" to apprehend Miller and the stolen cash after the hold-up. According to DeVries, Miller had snatched small bills, which included fives, tens and twenty-dollar bills. "THE TELLER displayed very good presence of explained DeVries of Carolyn Hampton, "and she did not panic." When notified of the robbery attempt and its outcome, DeVries said he "was sorry that he had done it, but I was pleased that he was caught and that the money was recovered." DeVries added that Miller did not appear to be drunk or under the influence of drugs at the time. New Book on Black History PUBLICATION of an illustrated booklet about the black man's role in American history has been announced by Peter Eckrich and Sons, Inc. The booklet, intended as a supplement for courses in black studies and history, is tittled "Black America's Echoes of the It con- tains brief biographies on some of those who have noteworthy contributions in the area of civil rights and to the growth and development of America. "ECHOES" will be made available to schools throughout the luncheon meat company's marketing area of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois. A limited supply will also be made available to the general public through the Public Relations Department, Peter Eckrich and Sons, Inc., P.O. Box 388, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46801. The booklet is being released in conjuction with National Negro History Week, Feb. 8-14, and National Brotherhood Week, Feb. 22-28. It will be in four parts: black and white Americans who dedicated to educating the black man, (2. martyrs it civil rights history, (3.1 pace- setters and (4.) founders of institutions and organizations. "ECHOES" is illustrated by Henri King, a black Detroit artist. King, now an illustrator for the federal government, has studied graphic arts in West Africa and, in 1966, at- tended the First World Festival of Negro Art in Dakar, Senegal. eviction order for the family of Mr and Mrs. Johenie Moss, 8339 Prairie last week. This was the second time within a an month that the league has th- warted efforts to evict a member. WHEN 150 SHERIFF'S police led by Sheriff Joseph Wood, put the Moss family belongings into the street last Thursday, January 30: they encountered nearly 200 angry community members. After the furniture was removed from the home, the concerned citizens challenged the police, but were turned away by Sheriff Woods and armed police. LEAVING behind a small force of private security police, the Sheriff's officers left the scene. However, the irate community residents told the security officers that if they did not leave the premises, the home would be burned to the ground. In their anger, the crowd broke windows in the home and attempted to break ihe door in, and three shots were fired by the security officers. The security officers finally left the premises. Johenie Moss, 62, was not home when the eviction took place. As the police force arrived with gas masks and helmets, they met no resistance from the 17-year old son Keith, and his two younger sisters Hope and Yvett. THE CONTROVERSIAL eviction is a result of the formation of the Contract Buyers League and a deliberate witholding of rent in an attempt to obtain re- negotiation of terms for their homes which were bought on contract. The league charges that their homes were bought Four-Point Plan Aired At Meeting BY HURLEY GREEN EDITOR PICKING UP Operation Breadbasket's beat of seeking new and better ways to aid America's poor and deprived persons, Senator George McGovern made one of his periodic visits to the Saturday morning meeting, last Saturday and previewed his plan for a 'Human Security' bill which he plans to introduce shortly in the Congress. HAILED by Breadbasket Director the Rev. Jesse Jackson, as a step forward because for once, 'white people brought a plan to the people for approval prior to trying to seek passage, McGovern was well-received by some Saturday participants. IN OUTLINING his plan McGovern, considered in at excessively high prices with many'qiiSftew as presidential of principal in timbre, said that the Human their contract. Security native Universal Builders, the company holding the contracts to most of the League members in the area his filed suit to have the eviction upheld. MANY PERSONS in the 66 No, We Won't Tl'RMNG BACK an eviction action by Sheriff Joseph Woods, friends and concerned community residents move the belongings of Mr. and Mrs. Johenie Moss, 8539 Prairie back into their home. The Moss family was evicted early last week for non-payment of his rent. The Moss home, bought on contract is one of many held by Universal Builders that may soon face similar evictions, due to a deliberate rent stall to force re- negotiations on the original contracts. It took an estimated 150 police to evict the Moss family possessions, but nearly 200 concerned challenged state officers, ordered them off the premises and moved the belongings back into the home. Many of those concerned were members of the rent-withholding Contract Buyers League, who are demanding that new contract terms be drawn up. However, as the week closed, Universal Builders called on Circuit Court officials to uphold the original eviction notice and order the Mosses to vacate their home. In spite of early cir- culated reports in one newspaper, above photo shows First Congressional District candidate A.A. Rayner as the one black elected official who lent both a hand and his support to the plight of the Contract buyers. bill was an alter- to our present "degrading and ineffective welfare programs." OBVIOUSLY well- acquainted with the Bread- community were involved basket philosophy, McGovern helping put the Moss family knocked the back in their home following present Republican ad- the eviction, among them was ministration and it's money eth Ward Alderman A.A policies. He pointed to the fact "Sammy" Rayner, who that 'this country is spending declared that harassment of per minute in killing Black home-buyers by programs in Asia'and refuses Sheriff's police must come to to spend on poverty an end. programs." "The members of the THE WELL-OILED Senator Buyers Leape are really swung from the floor to their life HEW veto out homes." which according to whjle courte McGovern. would have helped their feet, trying to come to fight hunger, sickness, and a final decision regarding the legality of the eviction procedures. black Aid. Rayner, "have ignorance among the poor According to McGovern, his plan for aid would do away with means tests and artificial poverty lines and would only more money for the nation 35 billion nomes cost dollars annually. white home- buyers would pay for equivalent houses in similar "IF AMERICA wants this to neighborhoods. Yet, this be a nation of law and order, vicious method of 'buying on we must make up our minds contract' has doubled their that hunger is the worst crime house notes and made their of all. and it must be declared lives miserable." illegal from here on he Moss, an employee for declared. Rev. Jackson has Borden Dairy, said he bought been asking for this same his home on contract in 1960 declaration for the past year, for with down. Monthly payments for him are McGOVERVS plan con- 227' w'th Moss< payments sisted of four basic parts: (V A children's Allowance-for every child in America. t regardless of income; (2) A met the monthly guaranteed job for every able- on a bodied person; (3) Increased salary of a week and help Social Security benefits for the from. hls Wlfe- Doris, who elderly and disabled; and as maid at No1" A federally administered thwesiern University. public assistance program for Wlth other those persons not covered bv members of the Contract the other portions of the bill stopped his The obvious answer to the monlhly payments last year question of a 'baby bonus1 was to force a re-negotiation shot down by the Senator when contract terms. "We over- he Paid for our houses in the first 'Post Holiday9 Party "There are people have many reasons children." he told tne BULLETIN, "and observed. "But collecting we Slt down talk Wlth the man and a monih is not one of them, some new While contract terms." fund set DISPLAYING the sign of "unity and many civic, social, and political leaders 6 attended a sixth ward "Post Holiday" party held at Vinzant's, 936 E. 87th St., hosted by Eugene Sawyer. Sixth just he concluded Payments, CBL members are Ward Committeeman. Pictured above (from left) are: Judge Sidney "Then that person is too dumb a special Jones, Committeeman John Stroger (8th Mrs. John Stroger, Committeeman Joseph Robichaux, (21st Committeewoman Ethel Alexander (20th Alderman Ralph H. Metcalfe; Mrs. Eugene Sawyer, Alderman Claude W. B. Holman, Committeewoman Mattie Jefferson, (4th Committeewoman Idell Galloway (6th Committeeman Eugene Sawyer (bin Judge Mark Jones; and Atty. Truman Larrey. to know where babies come cracked the Senator CBL MEMBERS are IN ENDORSING the hopeful that higher authority Senator's program. Jesse such as Mayor Daley will step said, "It's the best plan in the in and act as mediator in the country today and we hope to controversy, but no comment keep working with the Senator has come from Daly's office on he concluded. as the week ended.
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